Labour calls on Sinn Féin to direct US funding to Gaza humanitarian groups

Labour Calls On Sinn Féin To Direct Us Funding To Gaza Humanitarian Groups
Aodhan O Riordain criticised the party’s ‘hypocrisy’ in accepting money from ‘Maga Republicans’ and ‘Netanyahu cheerleaders’. Photo: PA
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By Cate McCurry and Grainne Ni Aodha, PA

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has called on Sinn Féin to direct any funding it raises during the St Patrick’s Day trip to the US to Gaza humanitarian groups.

The Dublin Bay North TD said it is “stunningly hypocritical” of Sinn Féin to visit America for a fundraising trip and accept money from “Maga” (Make America Great Again) Republicans and “(Benjamin) Netanyahu cheerleaders”.


Mr Ó Ríordáin accused the party of “waltzing” into Leinster House wearing their Palestinian scarves while taking money off people who “will gladly cheer the Israeli war machine in Palestine”.

However, a spokesperson for Sinn Féin said it does not fundraise in the US as part of their St Patrick’s Day trip.



“Sinn Féin does not fundraise in the US, only Friends of Sinn Féin, and they can only raise and direct funds in pursuit of peace in Ireland and Irish unity, so it would be illegal for them to redirect proceeds to anything else.”

Mr Ó Ríordáin said that as part of a 2017 trip to America around St Patrick’s Day, he and others organised an event to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

“Myself and some others went to New York, and we organised an event to raise money for the ACLU in an attempt to put up to Irish America, that the Irish story was one of immigration and that we needed to support those migrants in America who felt insecure because of the new Trump regime.


“We raised 30,000 dollars for the ACLU. But that’s not what Sinn Féin do. They go to New York, and they take money off Maga Republicans and Trump supporters and Netanyahu cheerleaders for their own political operation, and it is stunningly hypocritical of Sinn Féin to waltz into Leinster House, wearing their Palestinian scarves, while taking money off those people who will gladly cheer the Israeli war machine in Palestine.”

He added: “It’s one thing for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste, as the diplomatic leaders of the country, to go to the White House. If they were not to go, we would support that.

“But the bigger hypocrisy is those who come in here with their Palestinian scarves, but take money off those who will gladly fund or support on those who are dropping bombs on Palestinian people and take their money off them.

“It’s hypocritical, it’s wrong. So my challenge to Sinn Féin is this – you want to go to America and raise money. Go for it. Give all the money to Gaza. Give all the money to those humanitarian aid organisations for helping to feed and helping to shelter families and communities in Gaza.


“Don’t put it in your own pocket, because you know where the money came from.”

Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan was also critical of major donors cutting funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides humanitarian aid in Gaza, after Israel accused some of its workers of taking part in the October 7th Hamas attack.

“I think it is a hugely disproportionate response from those 10 countries on the basis of the allegations,” Ms Moynihan said.

“It’s going to directly impact the delivery of humanitarian aid in Gaza, which we already know is a humanitarian catastrophe.


“I think it is important that in the White House visit, we do put it up to the US for both the funding of the Israeli war machine, but also the suspension of funding.”

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